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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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need help?!

i just bought 3 older outboards one 5hp runs and i have a 7.5hp and a another 5hp all they need is pull cords and some kind of spring would this be an easy job or how much would it be to have done by a pro any advice wood be great i just got a little 14 ft just to fish an i wanna get out!!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 12:37 PM
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Rope installation can be tricky, and dangerous as the string is under a lot of tension. I'd opt for a pro if you are not real good with tools and mechanism. If you do try get a book on you motors and it will explain the steps, read them twice before starting, then follow them exactly.

I've got stuck fixing recoilers that others have taken apart, not a fun thing.
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I have replaced the string on my 5hp 2 times now. It really isn't difficult to do just tricky. Took me a few times to get enough tension on it to start and pull the cord back in. Like Harry said tho, make sure if you do it yourself be careful. As far as somebody doing it for you, it's only like a 10 minute job from start to finish (and that was for me, no pro at it by any means).
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IF you decide to do it WEAR safety glasses.
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thankx everyone im gonna go with the pro on this one
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I've fixed the cord on my 25 ho merc quite a few times. Not hard to do at all. The first couple times the rope broke right near the end, and wrapped up all inside the motor out on the water. Mine only requires a scew driver and a pair of pliars to get everything fixed up.

Take the recoil starter off, and rotate it against the spring to give it tension. It will only go so far. Tie the rope to the hole, and let the tension of the spring pull the rope.

It took my about an hour to figure it out the first time. After that it took about 15 minutes. I finally got smart and replaced the rope with a new one.

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As H/F says, always replace it with a new one. I'd also suggest getting a OEM rope as they seem to last many times more than 'just rope'.
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boy i wish you lived around here casue id pay ya to do it for me haha
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im having trouble finding the whole unit that teh cord attaches to it has a coil spring an other things ...sory im new to the boating thing
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 11:40 PM
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what brand/model/year are the outboards? I had an outboards that I broke the pull rope on one day on the water, but luckily the powerhead had notches on the top so I could take an extra pull cord and start it that way (it was MUCH more efficient than the normal system also).. The coils can be a pain in the but, and as other people said I would definitely wear safety glasses.. If you release the tension it can get ugly.. Another thing to consider, I would get a shop manual for the motors.. Some pull cord mechanism are left hand threads because the mechanism spinning would loosen a normal thread (I found that out the hard way)
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